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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Australian state to legalize assisted suicide

Australian state to legalize assisted suicide
- The Australian state of Victoria is about to be the first in that country to legalize physician-assisted suicide and some euthanasia after its upper chamber of government voted to do so 22-18. “The chamber began the session on Tuesday just after ...

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments
- Many impoverished and struggling families are calling for each state and territory to establish funeral funds for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families who are not able to afford to funerals. Western Australia is the nation's wealthiest jurisdiction and boasts one of the world's highest median ...

Youth Justice Shake-Up after Abuse Inquiry in Australia

Youth Justice Shake-Up after Abuse Inquiry in Australia
- Most of the teenage inmates in the Northern Territory are Aboriginal Australians, who are significantly over-represented in the justice system.

Job security for indigenous workers 'demands action'

Job security for indigenous workers 'demands action'
- New research shows 60 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and professional staff experience job insecurity, with more than one-third on fixed-term contracts. The survey by the National Tertiary Education Union of 183 staff found 43 per cent had been employed in a similar role ...

Indigenous Australians most harassed in the workplace: study

Indigenous Australians most harassed in the workplace: study
Indigenous Australians have experienced disadvantage since European settlement in 1788 including the 'White Australia' policies in the 20th century, ...

Tribunal brings Australia's moral blind spots to light

Tribunal brings Australia's moral blind spots to light
The play will feature Afghan performer Mahdi Mohammadi and Indigenous activist and Elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor. Each performance of the ...

Psychologist WA Australian of the Year

Psychologist WA Australian of the Year
- A psychologist who delivered culturally-appropriate suicide intervention programs to remote Aboriginal communities has won the WA Australian of the Year award. Njamal woman Tracy Westerman, who founded Indigenous Psychological Services in 1998 to address high rates of mental illness among ...

Greens fire up over 'hateful race crime' proposal

Greens fire up over 'hateful race crime' proposal
- The word lynch conjures images of hateful race crime and this cultural connotation is obviously distressing to members of the Aboriginal community in the Blacktown area,” he said. “Blacktown Council can recognise and commemorate the former mayor Jim Lynch in a way that does not come at the ...

New Doubts Being Raised Over Drug Testing Welfare Reforms In Australia

New Doubts Being Raised Over Drug Testing Welfare Reforms In Australia
- The new measures have also seen a lot of criticism from drug and healthcare workers, who claim that it will not help to deal with underlying problems of drug misuse and addiction, but instead will push the most vulnerable in society into further poverty by restricting their access to welfare. They claim that ...

Australia faces times of 'risk and danger'

Australia faces times of 'risk and danger'
Australia must not be reliant on others for its security as it faces risky and dangerous times, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has argued in a new foreign ... The lion's share of the $3.9 billion a year foreign aid budget would be concentrated in the region, based on four tests: the national interest; poverty ...

F**king Australians': Brit's brutal tirade

F**king Australians': Brit's brutal tirade
- A UK commentator has ripped into Australia's same-sex marriage vote, berating the country for holding a non-binding survey. In the foul-mouthed yet ...

8-year-old designed a wedding cake for his moms after Australia voted yes to same-sex marriage

8-year-old designed a wedding cake for his moms after Australia voted yes to same-sex marriage
- During the more than two-month postal survey, Nicholas expressed his disappointment that marriage equality was not yet legal in Australia. 'Mummy and MumMum are my mums but they can't get married yet. Even though we're a family. The government is Malcolm Turnball (sic) and he is a bad prime ...

Hateful sprays against gays

Hateful sprays against gays
- In the wake of the national Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite results, which on 15 November revealed 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted 'Yes' to allow same-sex couples to marry, two 'gay-friendly' wall murals in Sydney's inner-west were vandalised. A mural on a pub's exterior wall celebrating the ...

Gay teacher 'outed' by students at wedding

Gay teacher 'outed' by students at wedding
- There's calls to remove the legal right in Western Australia for private schools to discriminate against gay workers after a teacher was sacked. Craig Campbell had been employed as a relief teacher at South Coast Baptist College at Rockingham, where he completed primary and high school himself as a ...

Australians Vote Overwhelmingly For Marriage Equality; and More in Global LGBT Recap

Australians Vote Overwhelmingly For Marriage Equality; and More in Global LGBT Recap
- Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 7,817,247 (61.6%) responding Yes and 4,873,987 (38.4%) responding No.

Western Australians share their journey for World AIDS Day

Western Australians share their journey for World AIDS Day
- Despite living happy and healthy lives, the stigma of HIV continues. HIV positive people often need to hide their status from friends, family and workplaces, for fear of discrimination. HIV Positive West Australians have combined with the Western Australian AIDS Council to combat the stigma surrounding ...

Benedict Allen 'bewildered' by interest after going missing in Papua New Guinea

Benedict Allen 'bewildered' by interest after going missing in Papua New Guinea
- Well, I'm not up to speed with what people have been saying, I haven't read the newspapers, I gather there's been all this interest, I'm slightly ...

UN urges Australia to act on Manus Island as conditions worsen

UN urges Australia to act on Manus Island as conditions worsen
- THE situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging Australia ... had long criticised the living conditions on Australia's offshore migrant centres, while the government argued that they deter people smugglers.

Maori seat vote likely to trigger public poll

Maori seat vote likely to trigger public poll
- The old order had changed and the old worn net was being set aside to go fishing with a new net, he said. If a poll was unsuccessful, the number of Maori wards would be decided as part of the council's overall representation review next year. Maori comprise about 15 per cent of the district's population.

Sweet success in Manuka honey

Sweet success in Manuka honey
- Manuku honey could soon earn more for a central North Maori Trust than its sheep and beef operation. Manuka honey could long term earn more ...

Sociologist to Receive Highest Honour at Massey Graduation

Sociologist to Receive Highest Honour at Massey Graduation
Māori PhD researcher Rawiri Tinirau investigated how understandings of tikanga Māori in a business context are still emerging. He found that ...

Maori landowners get erosion help

Maori landowners get erosion help
- The Ministry of Primary Industries will pay landowners in the Gisborne area $7.4 million to protect their land from erosion. Deputy director-general Ben ...

Indian, Asian population to rise to 1.2 4 million

Indian, Asian population to rise to 1.2 4 million
The Pacific ethnic group is also projected to rise significantly, from 340,000 in 2013 to between 530,000 to 650,000 in 2038. The broad Asian ethnic group's share is projected to be higher than the Maori ethnic share by 2023, and is projected to be 22% of the total population by 2038. The Maori ethnic ...

Australian PM orders 'religious freedom' review to appease anti-gay marriage lobby

Australian PM orders 'religious freedom' review to appease anti-gay marriage lobby
- Ruddock's appointment is a major concession to anti-LGBT conservatives, and equality activists fear that the review will be used to undermine LGBT rights ... USA, and New Zealand, marriage equality was achieved without additional provisions allowing further discrimination against LGBTIQ+ couples.